Dr. Michael Jackson joined Drew Child Development Corporation in January 2002 as President and CEO and has successfully led the organization through significant growth and service diversification over the past decade. Today, Drew CDC – with a staff of 125 and an annual operating budget of $24.5 million – reaches 10,000 children and/or families and child care providers through programs in early childhood education, child welfare, and mental health services. As President and CEO, Dr. Jackson brings to the agency a wealth of experience in managing and directing large and complex social service programs, with an emphasis on childhood education.
Prior to joining Drew CDC, Dr. Jackson served at the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, where he was responsible for the planning and implementation of the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Diversity and Cultural Competency Programs, as well as for streamlining the contracts processes at the Department, increasing the efficient delivery of services. Dr. Jackson also served for several years as a Children’s Social Worker, providing casework services to clients and developing programs and resources to prevent child abuse.
As the Director of the Assisted Housing Division at the Community Development Commission of Los Angeles County, Dr. Jackson managed the Section 8 Rent Subsidy Program, with a staff of 107 and an $80 million budget. The program supported families in Los Angeles living in more than 14,000 privately owned housing units.
In Washington, DC, Dr. Jackson worked on domestic policy in the White House under the Administration of President Jimmy Carter on projects including the 1980 Olympic Games, federal paperwork reduction policies and regulatory reform issues. He also served in the U.S. Senate in the Office of Senate Majority Whip Alan Cranston and the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation working on trucking, airline, and highway safety issues.
Dr. Jackson has further distinguished himself as an author of numerous publications; a member of important national, regional and local organizations; a winner of many awards; and an adjunct professor on social welfare policy at the University of Southern California. Dr. Jackson holds a BA in Sociology, a master’s degree in Social Work, a master’s degree in Public Administration and a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.